Dove received a record number of owl patients in the last 4 months! We also had a blue heron, 3 seagulls, and 3 hawks as well as the usual dogs, cats, and rodents. We would not be able to care for these animals without the donor-supported Stray and Wildlife Fund. The Fund exists to help injured strays or wildlife without families to provide the resources for their care. You are the reason we are able to continue this program- thank you!
DoveLewis is also very proud to have been voted one of Oregon’s Most Admired Companies in the nonprofit category by the Portland Business Journal for the eighth year! Thanks to our amazing staff members, founders, board, clients, supporters and community partners. All of you helped us earn this wonderful recognition.
We want to share a special stray story with you this winter:
Alone, hairless, deaf and in need of emergency veterinary care—that’s how the neglected and frightened stray dog, Walter, was found late one night in August. His bare skin was damaged and sore because of a chronic skin disease or chemical burns. At 12 years of age, he was also suffering from a heart murmur, severe dental disease and overgrown nails.
It was about midnight when he was brought to DoveLewis, where a team of skilled veterinary professionals provided him with the immediate treatment and compassion he desperately needed. But Walter might not be where he is today, continuing to heal in foster care, if it weren’t for the help of our generous supporters.
As a nonprofit, 24-hour animal hospital, DoveLewis relies on donations to continue serving the Pacific Northwest in unique and vital ways. DoveLewis offers five donor-funded programs to the community, including a Stray Animal & Wildlife Program, a Velvet Assistance Fund for qualifying low-income families facing veterinary emergencies, and a Charlie Fund for abused animals.
Thank you for supporting us-- we were able to treat and care for Walter because you gave to the Stray and Wildlife Fund. Have a wonderful holiday season!
We help hundreds of sick and injured stray animals and wildlife each year—in fact, we never turn an ailing one away. Last year, we provided stabilizing care for 1,666 animals. We receive minimal funding from counties in which we serve and depend on the support of donors to help fund treatment for these animals.
Good samaritans are asked to make a donation for the care of the animal they have rescued, but the expense is often much greater than the contribution. DoveLewis also treats injured wildlife, a cost that is unfortunately not reimbursed by anyone. Care for wildlife and the remainder of the expenses for stray and lost animal care is covered through the Stray Animal & Wildlife Fund.
Here are just a few of the stray patients we’ve helped this year thanks to the support of people just like you:
Our 2013 fiscal year numbers are in and our Stray Animal & Wildlife Program continues to be one of our most utilized community programs. We treated 1,166 sick and injured stray and wildlife animals (including lost pets.) These animals are brought to our hospital every year, thanks to the county shelters, Good Samaritans, police officers and firefighters who find them. Because DoveLewis’ doors are open 24-hours a day, 365 days a year, we partner with the Audubon Society of Portland to provide stabilizing care for sick and injured wildlife when they are closed nights and weekends. These animals are then transferred to their facility when they open in the morning. In committed effort to locate every stray’s owner, we scan each ailing stray animal brought to our hospital for a microchip and post their photo to our Lost & Found Database. Our database is one of the most comprehensive in the area. The public is also invited to post pictures of lost pets or pets they have found here. We’ve reunited countless families with their pets thanks to this highly-utilized resource.
The donor-supported program provides hundreds of thousands of dollars in care each year, and the number of patients we see annually is trending up. Every donation, big or small, makes a difference to those we treat – patients just like Stevie and Lola. Click the link to learn more about how the DoveLewis Stray Animal & Wildlife Program came to their rescue: http://bit.ly/1dVAQM2
Patient: LolaOwner: Jennifer C.Reason for coming to DoveLewis: Lola was out for a walk with her dog sitter when a car alarm startled her and she slipped out of her collar. Despite her sitter’s effort to catch her, Lola ran away. The next day, a Good Samaritan found her under a bush and took her to DoveLewis after noticing Lola was injured. Doctor(s): Dr. Lee Herold, Dr. Sarah Tauber, Dr. MeiMei WelkerDoveLewis program assistance: Stray Animal & Wildlife ProgramLola’s DoveTaleWhen Jennifer went out of town on a short trip, she never thought she would return to find her dog missing. “I had left my dog, Lola, with her dog sitter, whom she loves,” said Jennifer. “Unfortunately, the worst happened, and when my return flight landed in Portland at 11:30PM, I received the news that Lola had slipped out of her collar while on a walk after being scared by a car alarm.”
Panicked, Jennifer spent the next four hours driving and walking around Portland searching for Lola. After returning home without her dog at 3:30AM and then getting no sleep, Jennifer began contacting local vets and saw that DoveLewis had an online lost and found database. She immediately created a posting. “At that point, I was doing everything I could, but I feared that Lola was gone forever,” she recalls. Luckily, DoveLewis staff member Lee Gray saw Jennifer’s post and recognized the dog pictured, because a Good Samaritan had just brought in a similar looking dog that she’d found injured and hiding under a bush in southwest Portland. Thanks to DoveLewis’ Stray Animal & Wildlife Program, the dog had already been receiving treatment for her injuries by the time Jennifer arrived at DoveLewis to see if it was, in fact, Lola. To her tremendous relief, it was.
“I was a complete wreck,” remembers Jennifer. “I waited a whole year to adopt Lola, because I knew I wanted a Cane Corso. They are extremely wonderful, smart dogs, and when I saw Lola for the first time, I immediately fell in love with her. Finally knowing she was okay after thinking I had lost her was overwhelming.”
As Dr. Lee Herold of DoveLewis shares, “Lola was so sweet. Because of her breed as a Cane Corso she is well muscled and some people mistake this for being fierce, but Lola was simply gentle. She sustained some bumps and bruises in her skin, but also more seriously, some bruising in her lungs from an unknown severe trauma; we suspect she was hit by a car. Although she was scared because she had to come to a strange place without her mom, she never tried to bite and just allowed us to treat her. She stayed overnight so we could manage her pain and keep her comfortable, and to ensure that her lung trauma did not worsen. Fortunately she remained stable and was able to be discharged to her mom the following day.”
“The vet was really good about explaining everything,” said Jennifer. “Before Lola, I’d had a dog who died after I took him to the vet for what I thought was a cold, so I was worried in general that something bad would happen even after I was told I could take Lola home.” Although Lola was stiff and couldn’t get up onto the bed, she did well and got back to her normal self after about two weeks at home. “She totally left her puncture wounds alone so they would heal,” said Jennifer. “She didn’t even need a cone! That’s pretty great for any dog, much less a 10-month-old puppy.” Now, Lola is feeling good and is more than ready to make up for lost time.
“I had no idea about DoveLewis’ stray program prior to Lola’s incident, and it was truly overwhelming that the hospital treated Lola before they knew whether or not she had an owner. I never thought in a million years that this would happen, but I’m so thankful for everything,” said Jennifer.
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